Dear Eyrie Newspaper staff,
There are days in our newspaper room that I see you scurrying about, passing each other pages marked with ink. Lauren typically cusses under her breath and sometimes needs to come in the office for a breather.
Those of you who met deadline tuck your heads and do your best to become invisible. You know if I see you playing a game I will tell you to do something.
The page editors often complain they don’t have enough content, a photo didn’t get taken or that someone missed their story completely.
Until today I had never really understood your angst.
You all, including the editors write, take photos, copy edit and editors are responsible for their page.
This week, I volunteered to be a team leader. It was harder than I ever expected.
After our deadlines had passed, I listened to ASU Student Media Director, Jason Manning. He suggested that a trend we may be seeing more of is working in teams.
I had an ‘a-ha’ moment.
Why wouldn’t I have you team up for issues. On the first story one of you could take the lead reporter duties while the other takes photos, then switch roles for the second story.
I know I do not handle stress well. I knew I didn’t handle stress well before I became a team leader.
Why would I do it? Hmm…
I am an overachieving, perfectionist. I wanted to make you proud. I wanted to show you I could do it. I am just like you students.
Today, I experienced, one time, what you experience on a monthly basis.
I love you Eyrie staff, and this institute has given me some skills that will hopefully make you even better than you already are.
Eden Prairie High School